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Living With Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can produce pain, loss of sensation, and an inability to control muscles in certain areas of the body, especially the hands and feet. Upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy. One of the most common causes is diabetes. When diagnosed early, it can often be controlled. We examine the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy.

Guests

Robert S. Busch, M.D.
Endocrinologist in practice with The Endocrine Group, LLC in Albany.
    
James Wymer, M.D.
Neurologist specializing in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases and neuropathic pain, including peripheral neuropathies, in practice with Albany Medical Center's department of neurology and associate professor of neurology at Albany Medical College.

Related Resources

• The Capital District Neuropathy Support Group meets at the Glen Eddy Retirement Community at 1 Glen Eddy Drive (off Consaul Road) in Niskayuna, NY on the second Thursdays of March, June, September and December at 1 p.m. For more, contact Dorothy Zube at (518) 399-1558.

• The American Diabetes Association seeks to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

MedlinePlus, a service of the National Institutes of Health, presents information on causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention of peripheral neuropathy.

• The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke offers a comprehensive fact sheet of frequently-asked questions about peripheral neuropathy.

The Neuropathy Association is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by people with peripheral neuropathy and their families and friends, as well as experts in the field, to help those who suffer from disorders that affect the peripheral nerves.


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